S. Brent Rodriguez-Plate

S Brent Plate's teachings and writings explore relations between sensual life and spiritual life. He is a writer, editor, public speaker, and associate professor of religious studies by special appointment at Hamilton College. He has authored or edited fourteen books, and his writing has appeared in Newsweek.comSalon.comThe Washington PostThe Christian CenturyThe Islamic MonthlyAmericaLos Angeles Review of BooksReligion Dispatches, and elsewhere. He is president of CrossCurrents/ The Association of Religion and Intellectual Life, and co-chair of the board of the Interfaith Coalition of Greater Utica, NY. Recent books include A History of Religion in 5½ Objects: Bringing the Spiritual to its SensesReligion and Film: Cinema and the Re-Creation of the World; and the co-edited Religion in Museums. Find out more at www.sbrentplate.net, or Twitter: @splate1

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In the final seconds of their struggle, Ferguson, Missouri police officer Darren Wilson shot and killed Michael Brown because of a visual impression. From Wilson's point of view, Brown appeared to him like Hulk Hogan, and like a demon. His only conceivable response, he stated, was to shoot. Six bullets ...

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